UNION — “If you enjoy Christmas lights, you are invited to 917 Lovers Lane Road,” said resident Clyde Seymore.
Seymore has taken up the annual tradition of providing more than a light display, but an annual drive-through Christmas light experience.
The home, located 917 Lovers Lane Road in Union, is surrounded by a Christmas theme park-type light display, which is an annual tradition for the Seymores.
The sign at the top of Seymore’s driveway reads “Drive Thru — Follow the lights — Merry Christmas from the Seymores.” As motorists enter, they are greeted with a variety of twinkling candy canes and Santa Clauses, numerous Christmas light trees of all sizes and reindeer, large and small. Various parts of the display are animated, including working snow globes and inflatable Christmas carousels.
Gigantic inflatable decorations are displayed throughout the entire property, including Santas, snowmen, penguins, hot-air balloons, Disney characters, helicopters and moving see-saws that teeter and totter penguins and polar bears. Those who look carefully will also find an inflatable camper with Rudolph leaning out of the window and a moving Santa who peeks out as he opens and closes the camper door.
Looking to the left of the driveway, motorists can see a lighted candy cane archway leading to an enormous multi-colored light tree in front of the Seymores’ home. To the right is a decorated shop building which features Santa and Mrs. Claus in a front porch swing out front.
Visitors will hear rocking versions of Christmas classics such as “Deck the Halls” or “Joy to the World” upon entry, and about halfway through, they will see where the music originates. Lights draw attention to the source of the music — an inflatable Christmas “band” featuring Santa Claus on guitar, a polar bear playing a horn and a penguin playing drums. Each band member is decked out in sunglasses and Christmas attire.
Further down the drive, another section of the display reminds visitors of the true meaning of Christmas. A lighted nativity scene, a birthday cake reading “Happy Birthday Jesus” and “Peace On Earth” spelled out in white lights compliment a huge, green Christmas light tree topped with a glowing red star.
As visitors approach the display’s exit, they will see a series of flags. One features a snowman and reads “Let It Snow,” while another features a nativity scene and reads “O Holy Night.” The final flag in the series features Santa in his sleigh, riding through a night sky, high above a snow covered village, and it reads “Merry Christmas, the Seymores.”
Seymore has enjoyed decorating for Christmas his whole life but started “going all out” with yard decorations in 2005.
Seymore’s primary inspiration for his annual project is his three grandchildren — Cole, Courtney and Kayla — and his wife, Sandra.
When Clyde began this tradition, his grandson, Cole, said to him, “Paw Paw, I want you to make it bigger every year,” and that is exactly what he has done.
Seymore said so many cars would slow down and/or stop during the first year of his Christmas tradition, he had to create a drive-through path with easy-to-follow signs. Now, he wants anyone and everyone to feel free to drive through and enjoy. Church youth groups and after-school programs are especially encouraged to visit. On nights with lots of traffic, Seymore often greets visitors and hands out candy to the children.
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